What You Need to Know about a Catholic Funeral and Burial


Here are some broad guidelines for family members of a Catholic person who is dying or who has died. This information is intended to assist family members and loved ones who may not be familiar with the requirements for a Catholic funeral and burial in knowing what needs to be done.

“He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death and no more mourning or sadness or pain.” Rev. 21:4

It is important to notify caregivers, hospital staff and pastoral care visitors that the dying/deceased person is Catholic. Oftentimes, these individuals will know what procedures are to be followed and may be of assistance at this difficult time.

It is highly recommended that contact be made with the Parish of the deceased individual as soon as possible to inform the pastor of the death.


Please review this Document prepared for you from the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, Office of Divine Worship.